Publicado: Mier, Octubre 10, 2018
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

'Heed the warnings,' officials warn Carolinas as massive storm nears

'Heed the warnings,' officials warn Carolinas as massive storm nears

Hurricane Florence is expected to hit the Carolinas hard.

Hurricane Florence continues its march towards the East Coast of the United States today, and astronauts aboard the International Space Station got a birds-eye view of just how large the swirling vortex has grown. US President Donald Trump on Twitter warned of the storm's dangers and praised his administration's handling of past hurricanes, rejecting criticism for its response to Hurricane Maria previous year in Puerto Rico.

Another 25 percent of deaths are related to rain, he said.

Hurricane Florence, growing in size despite its weakening winds on Wednesday, crept closer to the U.S. East Coast as disaster mobilizations expanded south from the Carolinas into Georgia to counter the deadly threat of high seas and floods. All lanes of Interstate 26 are westbound to allow more people to leave the coast and head inland toward the state capital of Columbia.

For anyone needing a place to stay to escape the hurricane, both North Carolina and SC are updating their lists of emergency shelters.

"This storm is. nothing like you've ever seen", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

SC authorities reported one death.

President Donald Trump, warning residents to get out of the way, said the federal government was "ready for the big one that is coming".

The peak wind forecast predictions are now at 60-80 miles-per-hour with gusts to 100 miles-per-hour possible, with a potential for higher sustained winds of 74 to 110 mph wind in the Myrtle Beach area from Thursday morning through Saturday afternoon. Shelters in the city were filling and some people were being bused inland to Raleigh, even though some residents there were told they might have to evacuate because of flooding.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Monday ordered the mandatory evacuation of one million coastal residents.

"The worst is yet to come", he added.

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The latest meteorological predictions show that Hurricane Florence will have the strongest impact in the Carolinas, particularly in SC.

At 5 a.m., the storm was centered 575 miles (925 km) southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, moving at 17 mph (28 kph).

On Saturday, its streets were strewn with downed tree limbs and carpeted with leaves and other debris.

Utility officials have warned that widespread power outages are likely and that it could take weeks to restore electricity.

Near the Sutton Power Plant in Wilmington, coal ash leaked from a Duke Energy landfill.

People line up to enter a hurricane shelter at Trask Middle School in North Carolina.

North and SC residents are running out of time to evacuate before Hurricane Florence roars in with pounding surf and driving rain that will bring potentially deadly flooding, officials warned on Wednesday.

In New Bern, about 90 miles northeast of Wilmington at the confluence of two rivers, Florence overwhelmed the town of 30,000 and left the downtown area under water. Thousands of marines and their families evacuated from Camp Lejeune, leaving the rest to dig in ahead of what could be a direct hit.

"It was pitch black and I was just scared out of my mind", said Tracy Singleton, who with her family later drove through torrential rain and high winds from her home near New Bern.

A tropical storm warning, indicating the expectation of conditions below hurricane-strength winds, is issued for coastal areas north of the Virginia border to Cape Charles Light, Va., and in Chesapeake Bay, south of New Point Comfort, Va.

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